In A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE, set in 1968, Mitch is hired from his home in the orphanage by wealthy eccentric Amelia Hardesty. He bonds with her instantly, and resents it when Alexander (Sandy), the mansion’s cook, seems to be badmouthing her — and Mitch.
an excerpt from A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE
by Marian Allen
“No! God, no, kid, I didn’t mean that! You’re taking me wrong! I mean, maybe before, but, like I said, you’re okay. She seems to be sticking to home now, so she’d be more careful who she brought here, wouldn’t she? Before, she’d just breeze in from Tahiti or Venice or French Lick or someplace, dump somebody on us, and breeze off again. How they worked out was between them and us. Half the time she didn’t even remember them the next time she buzzed through. Crazy old dame.”
He must have seen something in my face, because he quickly added, “I don’t mean that in any bad way. She’s just, you know, kind of flighty. Spoiled little flapper girl who never grew up, if you ask me.”
I could see that. I could imagine Aunt Missy, young and slim, in a mini-dress with fringe on the bottom, doing the Charleston with Bertie Wooster. “I think she’s groovy,” I said. “I think she’s a gas.”
“Well,” he said, in a let’s-be-reasonable tone, “if you want to put it that way. All’s I’m saying is, she’s no personnel manager, that’s all. Corrie looked like she was going to work out fine, until Miss Amelia brought that Albert in here. Then, kablooie!”
A DEAD GUY AT THE SUMMERHOUSE is available in print and for Kindle and Kindle apps at a very reasonable price. Just sayin’.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: Someone disrespects somebody your main character likes very much but doesn’t actually know very well.